Who Has Two Thumbs and Is Developing a New Show for Fox?

01.25.12 6 years ago 17 Comments

For the woefully unfamiliar, the brilliant Bill Lawrence is the writer and exec producer behind the TV shows “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town,” “Spin City,” and “Clone High,” which means that he is responsible, at least in part, for the Turk Dance, Penny Can, irrational hatred of Hugh Jackman, and Hooch (who is crazy). He’s also one of the most dicked around showrunners on network television, having had “Scrubs” bounce around ABC’s schedule for years with the perpetual threat of cancellation hanging over its head, and now having third season of “Cougar Town” being held up for seven months (it will officially debut on Valentine’s Day, after “Last Man Standing”). Basically, he is to ABC what Joss Whedon was to Fox and Dan Harmon is to NBC, a beloved showrunner with a cult-like fanbase who gets little to no respect from studio suits (or Nielsen audiences). There is a reason, after all, that “Cougar Town” and “Community” reference each other frequently: Harmon and Lawrence are mutual Twitter admirers who often sulk together.

Anyway, news is that Bill Lawrence — whose “Cougar Town” doesn’t have much hope for a fourth-season renewal — is now preparing himself to be dicked around by Fox.

Fox has ordered the Cougar Town co-creator’s semi-autobiographical single camera comedy pilot “Like Father,” sources confirm to TVLine. The project, which revolves around a father-son relationship, is inspired by Lawrence’s own relationship with his father. Lawrence penned the script and will direct the pilot.

I have no idea what Bill Lawrence’s relationship with his father is, but I think I can take an educated guess as to what kind of man his Dad was:

Christ, the fact that John C. McGinley never won an Emmy is one of humanity’s biggest crimes. I could watch Dr. Cox rants all godd*amn day.

Here’s his “I don’t care” face.

(Source: TVLine)

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